Premier league football betting tips are given one of the following three ratings:
Banker, large stake, predicted outcome is more than likely.
Likely outcome, medium stake, worth a gamble.
Worth a flutter, small stake, be prudent and stick to matches where you can spot the value.
Below were the predicted outcomes for the weekend fixtures Sat 12th to Sun 13th January 2013.
|Sat 12:45||QPR v Tottenham|
|QPR remain bottom of the table on goal difference but gave themselves a fighting chance of survival after their shock single goal victory at Stamford Bridge. Safety is now just 5 points away and with clubs like Villa and Newcastle on a downward spiral, who's to say they won't achieve the impossible and stay up. However, putting things into context, it was only Rangers' 2nd Premier League victory of the season and came about after a run of 3 straight defeats. If there's an opposition manager most qualified to prepare for visitors Tottenham then that man is ex-Spurs manager Harry Redknapp. The personnel haven't changed too much since Redknapp was at White Hart Lane with Spurs' biggest weapon most definitely pace. AVB's side haven't lost a match since conceding twice late on at Goodison in early December plus they've only conceded twice since that day whilst Stoke have been the only side to take a point off them. Spurs are currently 3rd and confident of chasing down Man City but Redknapp will want to do well against his old club and definitely needs the points. A good game but the away side should have too much.|
|Away Win 1-3|
|Sat 15:00||Aston Villa v Southampton|
|The Bantams proved the undoing of yet another Premier League side this week in the Capital One Cup and this time it was Aston Villa's turn. Paul Lambert fielded as strong a side as he's managed most of the season but they succumbed to a 3-1 defeat although they get a second bite of the cherry in the return leg. Additional striking options in Bent and Agbonlahor are now available but they all struggled to get past Bradford's Duke with the exception of a scrambled late goal from Weimann. However, Villa did recover from their 15-goal Christmas hammering with a 2-2 draw at Swansea and would've had all 3 points were it not for a stoppage time equaliser from Danny Graham. They host a Southampton side that've drawn their last 3 Premier League matches; away at Fulham and Stoke and at home to Arsenal, so not a bad run. They were soundly beaten by Chelsea in the FA Cup but their side wasn't the strongest possible and Ramirez could return. Only a place and a point separates these 2 sides just above the relegation places and both know that maximum points are required. Am tempted with the draw but Southampton's recent form is good enough to give them the slight edge against a Villa side that've already lost 4 times at home this season, especially if the Saints have practised their set pieces.|
|Away Win 1-2|
|Everton v Swansea|
|Swansea's midweek Capital One Cup first leg win at Stamford Bridge came as something of a shock but their gameplan worked to perfection. They soaked up the pressure restricting Chelsea to as few opportunities as possible and took advantage of 2 sloppy mistakes from converted centre-half Ivanovic. In Michu, the Swans have probably the bargain of the season whilst Danny Graham proved he's an asset and selling him in the transfer window would seriously limit their options. Despite their cup success, Laudrup's side have won just 1 of their last 6 Premier League fixtures although they're undefeated in the last 4. They travel to Goodison where 5th-placed Everton have lost just the once this season, a 2-1 defeat by Chelsea just before the turn of the year. That loss is also the Toffees' only defeat in the last 9 top flight matches. Fellaini returned from suspension in Everton's win at St James Park and though speculation is rife that a Champions League club could trigger his buyout clause, expect him to start against the Swans. Tiredness could be a factor for Swansea after the midweek Capital One Cup action whilst Everton should be rested and ready to continue their push for a place in Europe.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Fulham v Wigan|
|Fulham are having a disappointing season and may find themselves fighting relegation if they're not careful. Their home form, usually so strong, has been poor with 3 defeats in the last 5. That's not including last weekend's FA Cup draw at home to Blackpool. Ironically, their last victory came in their most recent away fixture, at the Hawthorns, where they ran out 2-1 winners; only their 2nd away win of the campaign. They face a Wigan side that shouldn't be under-estimated. The Latics might be in the bottom three (on goal difference) and have suffered 6 defeats in their last 8 Premier League matches but we tipped them for a win at Villa and they duly obliged in convincing fashion. Martinez fielded a weakened side for the FA Cup draw with Bournemouth but expect a strong side to step out at Craven Cottage. I can see Wigan getting something from this game but it'll probably be only a point.|
|Norwich v Newcastle|
|Newcastle are on a woeful run of 5 defeats in their last 6 Premier League matches and the theme continued last weekend with a 2-0 FA Cup exit at Brighton. Pardew was without key players like Cisse and Coloccini after sustaining supposed 'knocks' whilst the departed Demba Ba was already scoring goals for new club Chelsea. The Magpies could welcome back the afore-mentioned missing pair plus Gutierrez but this game could come too soon for Cabaye, Perch and Taylor. They also miss striker Shola Ameobi who saw red in the Brighton defeat and is subsequently suspended. They travel to Carrow Road and are up against a Norwich side that've struggled during the festive season. The Canaries have tasted 4 straight Premier League defeats although an FA Cup win at neighbours Peterborough lifted the gloom. Snodgrass has been catching the eye in midfield of late whilst striker Simeon Jackson could retain his place in the side if Grant Holt fails to recover from a hamstring injury. Occasional strike partner Steve Morison is ruled out with a thigh problem. This is a perfect opportunity for Norwich to get back to winning ways in the top flight against a Newcastle side missing key players and having just sold their top scorer.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|Reading v West Brom|
|Reading boosted their chances of survival with a draw against Swansea and a win over West Ham, both at the Madjeski, but not surprisingly they failed to get anything at White Hart Lane. They're still second from bottom but only on goal difference after QPR won 1-0 at Stamford Bridge. Brian McDermott will be hoping that their form at home, where they've lost just 3 top flight matches, can be the key to their survival but they'll need to turn some of the draws into victories. They host 7th-placed West Brom but the wheels have really come off after some good early season form from the Baggies. Steve Clarke's side have only taken points from 3 of their last 8 Premier League matches and they could only manage a draw at Loftus Road in last weekend's FA Cup. Zoltan Gera has been ruled out for the rest of the season with a knee injury whilst Olsson, Popov and Yacob are all doubtful ahead of this game. Reading are capable of getting something from the match although the 3 points they're desperate for might be asking too much.|
|Stoke v Chelsea|
|Two lapses in concentration from converted centre-half Ivanovic saw Chelsea lose the home leg of the Capital One Cup to Swansea by 2 clear goals. That makes it 2 home defeats on the bounce for the Blues after they recently lost to QPR by a single goal. Chelsea still control the play but too often fail to convert their chances. Torres's anticipation of where to be at the right time appears to have gone missing and the signing of Demba Ba couldn't have come at a more crucial time with the Senegalese striker already having an impact. The only surprise is that Lukaku wasn't recalled from West Brom but expect Ba to start in place of Torres. There's also an outside chance Terry could be fit meaning Ivanovic would move back to the right in place of Azpilicueta. They travel to the Britannia Stadium where Stoke remain the only Premier League side yet to taste defeat on their own patch this season. That said, they were pushed hard by a Southampton side that managed to score 3 times just before New Year in a 3-3 draw. Up until then, the Potters had conceded just 4 goals at home all season but they remain the most miserly side at home in the top flight. Tony Pulis has few injury concerns so expect him to name a strong physical side. Going on form this looks like being a draw but Chelsea need to cut out the sloppy mistakes.|
|Sunderland v West Ham|
|Sunderland are gradually climbing away from the drop zone after winning 3 of their last 6 matches but there's still a lot of hard work to be done. Not surprisingly they were beaten by Spurs and Liverpool recently but those victories over Reading, Southampton and Man City should give them confidence. However, Martin O'Neill could have some defensive problems with Cuellar and Rose doubtful after their FA Cup draw at Bolton plus John O'Shea's already ruled out with a hamstring injury. Defensive midfielder, Alfred N'Diaye, could come straight in after signing from Bursaspor if he gets international clearance in time. They host a West Ham side suffering on the road in recent weeks having taken just a point from their last 4 away matches. That sequence included a defeat at relegation-threatened Reading whilst they only managed to score once in those 4 matches, a rare goal from Andy Carroll. The Geordie striker is still out injured along with Diame and McCartney whilst O'Brien remains a doubt. Allardyce has managed to bring in Joe Cole from Liverpool and the West Ham old boy had an immediate impact in the 2-2 FA Cup draw with United by providing a brace of assists for James Collins. This one's a close call but Sunderland could just nick it.|
|Home Win 1-0|
|Sun 13:30||Man Utd v Liverpool|
|One of the most eagerly awaited Premier League fixtures of the season and watched by millions around the world. However, the gulf between these 2 clubs has widened over the years and none more so than this season. United are 7 points clear at the top of the table whilst Liverpool are currently 8th and could possibly slip further down should they fail to get anything at Old Trafford. United have dropped just 2 points in the last 9 matches and recent victories over West Brom at home and Wigan away saw them back in familiar territory with 6 goals scored and none conceded. True, they were under the cosh at West Ham in the FA Cup last weekend but Van Persie came on to net a last minute equaliser. Rooney is still out but United have so much firepower that Liverpool should find themeselves truly tested. The Reds have improved against the lesser sides but have still been beaten by Villa and Stoke in recent weeks. They also nearly came unstuck at Blue Square Premier side Mansfield in the FA Cup last weekend and had to rely on a Suarez hand-assisted goal to get them through the round. Liverpool now have Sturridge to give them an extra option in attack and though the Reds are capable of digging out results against the top sides, on balance you'd have to back United.|
|Home Win 3-1|
|Sun 16:00||Arsenal v Man City|
|Both these clubs are trying to get their foot back on the gas after suffering recent disappointing results but they're far from the level expected. Arsenal have taken 13 points from the last 15 available but that statistic comes with a couple of qualifiers; they were knocked out of the Capital One Cup at Bradford and had to settle for a replay in the FA Cup at Swansea last weekend, plus they were largely outplayed at Southampton recently and were lucky to get a point. However, Wenger is seeing players return from injury and should be able to field his strongest eleven. City, on the other hand, are likely to be without Aguero who suffered a hamstring tear in the 3-0 New Years Day win over Stoke whilst Samir Nasri won't see action against his old club after being sent off in the 4-3 victory at Carrow Road. City have won 3 of their last 4 Premier League matches on the road, the exception being the single goal defeat at the Stadium of Light. We know that both sides are capable of scoring but it's difficult to see Arsenal keeping City out whilst City can be expected to be a bit more disciplined in defence. Was leaning on the draw but can see City edging this given Arsenal's recent results.|
|Away Win 1-2|